Canada celebrated in 1967 the 100th anniversary of their Confederation. (1) On this occasion, it was decided to hold a GM tournament, the first of its kind in Canada. The organizer was Canada's only GM, "Abe" Yanofsky (who played in the tournament), assisted by FIDE representative John Prentice and others. (2) The opening ceremony on 2nd October was attended by Jack Willis, chairman of the Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg, James Cowan from the Winnipeg Centre (representing the local government), Maitland Steinkopf, chairman of the Manitoba Centennial Corporation (which underwrote some of the tournament expenses), John MacDonald, and about 50 others. (2, 3) Six of the players arrived on 2nd October, but Matanovic, Szabo, Darga and Gheorghiu did not arrive until hours before the event started because their plane was delayed in Amsterdam. When the drawing of lots was being made they requested that they play each other in the first round since all were equally tired. But the draw was ruled inflexible, with Darga and Gheorghiu pitted against rested competitors. (3) Play commenced on 3rd October in Fort Garry Hotel, (4) at 1 pm (5) (playing time for rounds 5 and 6). There was a 5-hour time limit on each game, in which the players had 40 moves and 2½ hours to make them. Spectators (entrance fee: $2) could watch the play on vertical boards on a stage behind the competitors. Several brought chess boards to study each move of their favorites at close range. It was allowed to wander in the room, but the spectators were admonished to be quiet and not crowd the players. Prize money pot: $4000. 1st price: $1000. (3)
Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg, Canada, 3-12 October 1967
Tournament Director: Jack Woodbury. (2) Yanofsky won the brilliancy price for Szabo vs Yanofsky, 1967. (2, 6)
Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
=1 GM Darga 2520 * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 6
=1 GM Larsen 2620 0 * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 6
=3 GM Keres 2610 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 5½
=3 GM Spassky 2670 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 5½
5 GM Benko 2570 ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 5
=6 GM Szabo 2530 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 0 1 4½
=6 GM Gheorghiu 2500 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 4½
8 GM Matanovic 2530 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ 1 4
9 GM Yanofsky 2490 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ * ½ 3½
10 Kagan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ * ½
Photos (Round 1): http://umanitoba.ca/libraries/units... and http://umanitoba.ca/libraries/units...
Tournament book: Canadian Centennial Grand Masters Chess Tournament, Winnipeg, 1967 by Daniel Yanofsky (Chess Player (No. 61), Nottingham 1968. 47 pp.). Elo is from the unofficial FIDE Rating List of June 1967 (http://www.olimpbase.org/Elo/Elo196...).
(1) Wikipedia article: Canadian Centennial.
(2) Chess Canada, 2007-01, p. 16: http://canadianchess.com/pdf/Chess-....
(3) Brandon Sun, 4 October 1967.
(4) Winnipeg Free Press, 30 September 1967; Wikipedia article: Fort Garry Hotel.
(5) Winnipeg Free Press, 9 October 1967.
(6) Foreword to 2nd ed. of Yanofsky's book Chess the Hard Way.
Original collection: Game Collection: Winnipeg 1967 by User: Tabanus. The introduction is largely based on a report in Brandon Sun, 4 October 1967. This was not written by a chess player and should perhaps be taken with a grain of salt.
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|1. S Kagan vs Larsen
|2. Gheorghiu vs Keres
|| ||½-½||25||1967||Winnipeg||C69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation|
|3. Benko vs K Darga
|| ||½-½||36||1967||Winnipeg||E82 King's Indian, Samisch, double Fianchetto Variation|
|4. Spassky vs Yanofsky
||1-0||54||1967||Winnipeg||B17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation|
|5. A Matanovic vs Szabo
|| ||½-½||18||1967||Winnipeg||C43 Petrov, Modern Attack|
|6. A Matanovic vs Gheorghiu
|| ||½-½||31||1967||Winnipeg||C67 Ruy Lopez|
|7. Larsen vs Spassky
|| ||½-½||50||1967||Winnipeg||A15 English|
|8. Szabo vs K Darga
|| ||½-½||31||1967||Winnipeg||A07 King's Indian Attack|
|9. Yanofsky vs Benko
|| ||½-½||36||1967||Winnipeg||B32 Sicilian|
|10. Keres vs S Kagan
||1-0||38||1967||Winnipeg||B11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4|
|11. Benko vs Larsen
|12. Gheorghiu vs Szabo
|| ||½-½||28||1967||Winnipeg||E80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation|
|13. S Kagan vs A Matanovic
|| ||0-1||34||1967||Winnipeg||A17 English|
|14. Spassky vs Keres
||½-½||26||1967||Winnipeg||C78 Ruy Lopez|
|15. K Darga vs Yanofsky
||1-0||40||1967||Winnipeg||E82 King's Indian, Samisch, double Fianchetto Variation|
|16. Larsen vs K Darga
|17. Keres vs Benko
|| ||½-½||29||1967||Winnipeg||B09 Pirc, Austrian Attack|
|18. Gheorghiu vs S Kagan
||1-0||31||1967||Winnipeg||E82 King's Indian, Samisch, double Fianchetto Variation|
|19. A Matanovic vs Spassky
|20. Szabo vs Yanofsky
||0-1||39||1967||Winnipeg||E70 King's Indian|
|21. S Kagan vs Szabo
|| ||0-1||59||1967||Winnipeg||E91 King's Indian|
|22. K Darga vs Keres
|| ||½-½||32||1967||Winnipeg||A15 English|
|23. Benko vs A Matanovic
|| ||1-0||57||1967||Winnipeg||E17 Queen's Indian|
|24. Spassky vs Gheorghiu
|| ||½-½||23||1967||Winnipeg||E53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3|
|25. Yanofsky vs Larsen
||½-½||32||1967||Winnipeg||B04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern|
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|Apr-01-18|| ||GrahamClayton: Looking at the crosstable, it seems that Shimon Kagan, the 1967 Israeli champion, was a bit out of his depth in this tournament. Was he one of the original invitees, or did he play because another player pulled out?|
|Apr-02-18|| ||Howard: Interesting point! He was clearly the tournament punching bag in this event.|
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